Kim Davis Tops Ted Cruz, What On Earth Is Going On At “Quantico?”: BRIEFS

Plus Cyndi and George just want to have fun.

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Birthday shoutouts! Nicholas Hoult (above) is 26, Sara Bareilles is 36, Chris Crocker is 28, Jeffrey Wright is 50, Tom Waits is 66, and Ellen Burstyn is 83.

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Jack Falahee and Matt McGorry sit on Santa’s lap, save Christmas.

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John Stamos bares his behind for Paper Magazine. Can it break the internet?

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AN ED KENNEDY POST! Star Wars: The Force Awakens press tour reminds us Carrie Fisher is a national treasure.


Gay Twitter pops off over Carly Rae Jepsen being shut out by Grammy nominations.


Why the “every girl needs a gay best friend” rhetoric needs to end


Holly Woodlawn, Warhol superstar and trans troublemaker dead at 69.

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IN OTHER NEWS

Coming out as Christian:

“In the three years since I came out publicly as a gay man, I’ve gotten rather used to casually working my sexuality into conversations with people in the first few times I meet them. I’ve also become good at noticing that subtle tightening of the skin at the corners of the eyes which sometimes betrays a homophobic bias, whether conscious or not. In short, I’ve become used to “coming out” over and over again, and I’ve mostly stopped worrying about the reactions, letting them come as they will.

What’s harder, though, is coming out as Christian. I’m not at all ashamed of either piece of my identity, but people’s perceptions of Christians at my über-secular, Ivy League college are somewhat more fraught than their perceptions of anyone who falls under the LGBTQIA+ umbrella.”


11 reasons you’re still a single gay man (thank God!).

“2. Because equal rights doesn’t automatically equal rush to marriage. DOMA and gay marriages are making history, but there’s no law that says you need to grab that guy you’ve been dating for a month and pick your Kelly Clarkson first dance song. For so many, the end of DOMA meant they could finally marry the man of their dreams. If you haven’t met him yet, there’s no need to settle down, despite what Mom says. Let the ones who are prepared eat cake.”


Bernie Sanders wins reader’s poll for Time Person Of The Year. Poor Kim Davis is near the bottom, topping Ted Cruz. Picture it.


Cyndi Lauper’s annual Home for the Holidays concert was a big success over the weekend, with one of the highlights her duet with another ’80s icon, Boy George, on “Girls Just Want To Have Fun.”


Checking in on Quantico, Simon had a really bad day. Everyone hates him now, and the guys hide his towel while he’s in the shower. So F.B.I. training is like summer camp?

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Things get worse when Ryan tries to defend him to everyone by bringing up their fight from a few episodes back, saying what a good soldier he’ll be. Unfortunately, word of the altercation now gets back to TPTB, and Simon is told to pack his bags.

But it doesn’t end there. In the present day, Simon arrives home to find Alex waiting outside, pleading for his help. He rebuffs her, saying things can never be the way it was, and when she walks away, he enters his house, and is CHLOROFORMED BY ELIAS.

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Next week is the winter finale, and if it turns out that the only gay character on the show is the mad bomber, well, hackles may be raised.


And here’s The Weekly ShoutOUT™. Each week we’re going to focus on one out athlete/performer and feature a daily pic and career timeline. We’ll be showcasing the big names, but also the lesser-known gay and bisexual celebs who deserve more recognition. This week we give a ShoutOUT™ to … Anthony Callea

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Anthony Callea was just 21-years-old when he was selected for the final 30 in the second season of Australian Idol in 2004, but didn’t receive enough audience votes to make it past the first round. But thanks to a wildcard from the judges, he was included in the final 12 contestants. That led to a run all the way to the final two, where he lost to Casey Donovan (not the porn star).

But that would be just the beginning of his career.

Here he is with one of the performances that led to his becoming one of the all-time most popular Australian Idol singers.


Three years ago I presented my personal favorite Briefs list, The 100 Greatest Lost Hits of The 80’s, and because if there’s one thing Hollywood has taught us, it’s that sequels and reboots and remakes are ALWAYS better then the original, we’re going to the well again with The 100 Greatest Lost Hits of The 80’s Part 2: The Even More Forgotten

We’ll be spotlighting 100 more of the greatest minor hits of the decade, the songs you don’t hear on any 80’s nostalgia show. Songs that missed the top ten, or top twenty … or top forty. Hopefully these forgotten gems may ring a long dormant bell, or for younger readers, provide a pop music history lesson.

At #52 is “Oh Daddy” by Adrian Belew

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Adrian Belew is a multi-talented, multi-instrumental musician who has worked with dozens of artists as well as releasing his own solo material. He had his only taste of chart success in 1989 with the album Mr. Music Head, and the single “Oh Daddy,” which featured vocals from his 11-year-old daughter Audie. It reached #58 in September 1989.

 


Congrats to Nobody! No one guessed that Friday’s Pixuzzle™ © ® was Shrek The Third.

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Here’s today’s Pixuzzle™ © ®. Here is a scene from a FAMOUS MOVIE. Can you name it?

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And today’s Briefs are brought to you by … Casey Field

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80's Pop Culture Expert, Shooting At The Walls Of Heartache.
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